Residents of the Galápagos are staging angry protests against plans by their government plans to open the islands to foreign investment in luxury tourism. According to a recent article in The Ecologist: “They fear for the fragile ecology of the islands, for water shortages caused by golf courses and swimming pools, and for their livelihoods which depend on current ‘low intensity’ tourism.”
- In 2007 UNESCO classified the Galápagos Islands as a world heritage site in danger, due to the threats of a huge population increase, increasing tourism and the invasive non-native species visitors inevitably bring with them.
- When the islands were placed on Unesco’s danger list, there were 145,000 visitors a year (2006). In 2014 there were 215,000.
- In January 2015, the Ecuadorian government launched Investour – a website designed to attract international investment into Ecuador’s growing tourist economy, and now featuring several potential projects on the Galapagos.
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